The 100 Greatest Films of all time – 10: Chinatown

by Daniel Suddes 

Chinatown (1974) –  Directed by: Roman Polanksi   Written by: Polanski (uncredited) and Robert Towne  Produced by: Robert Evans and C.O. Erickson   Starring:  Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Houston, and Diane Ladd Oscar Count: 1 (Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne.  Also nominated for Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Dunaway), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, and Best Picture.)

No one really understands Chinatown.

Most modern critics view the film as the last of the classic film noirs (released two decades outside the time period) and view it as the final word on noir. Everything that has come after Chinatown is only trying to be ironic and make a knowing film noir. Certainly, everything from Se7en to Who Framed Roger Rabbit have borrowed elements from this film, and have been blatant about what they were trying to do. Chinatown is not. Continue reading

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What is the greatest film ever made? Let your vote count!

Over the past nine months Couchside View have been counting down what we collectively feel are the 100 greatest films ever made. With our top ten already decided we thought it’d be a cool idea to interact the readers by letting you have the final say on what position these ten films end up in. So simply reacquaint yourself with the classics highlighted below and please do your bit in voting for which film you think deserves to be number one.  The poll will be left running for a number of days whilst we continue the countdown from its current position.

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